Manufacturing & Prototyping

Prototyping/​Rapid Prototyping

Access a wide range of multimedia resources and technical briefs that will demonstrate rapid prototyping and tooling technologies that are speeding up the development and design of medical devices and products.

Applications: Medical
Infiplast, a plastics company for medical devices, was asked to design, prototype, test, and manufacture a critical component for ventilators.
Applications: Packaging & Sterilization
The products that help stop the spread of communicable diseases range from simple to sophisticated.
R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A portable, thumb-sized device can quickly diagnose bad breath by “sniffing” exhalations.
Products: Tubing & Extrusion
Touchless switches, biocompatible adhesives, 3D-printing materials, and more.
Features: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MD&M West brings together medtech engineers, business leaders, and innovative thinkers to create life-changing medical devices.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
EMI filters, plastic optic fibers, power modules, and more.
R&D: Photonics/Optics
A prototype of a fluorescence-based sensor provides continuous detection of cortisol concentrations in real time.
Supplements: Nanotechnology
Our 2021 Resource Guide shows you the top manufacturers in materials, manufacturing, and a range of other medical-device categories.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The advent of COVID-19 has added a layer of complexity to product development. Agility is more important than ever as it has made it critical to get products to market quickly. While...

From the Editor: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See how medtech companies are trying to get more ventilators on the market.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical device developers are providing more options through intuitive user interfaces (UIs).
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micromolded components, liquid silicone rubber, 3D printing materials, and more.
R&D: Materials
Engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and could replace hypodermic needles.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new, inexpensive technology could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Position sensors, power clamps, CT scanners, and more.
Features: Materials
Micromolding can be seen as the latest technological innovation that enables the design, manufacture, and clinical use of groundbreaking medical devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The patch mimics electrical signaling of the heart.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Technology Leaders: Materials
Learn about 2019's stand-out manufacturers and cutting-edge applications in special metals, coatings, robotics, and more.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

In the injectable drug-delivery industry, expectations for improved patient experiences with administration and at-home delivery of therapeutic regimens are evolving. Products that combine the...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A microrobot can take up to 8 hours to make. With the help of a 3D printer, University of Toronto engineers got the process down to 20 minutes
Technology Leaders: Medical

As often happens in the medical industry, innovative ideas hatched in university research settings spawn innovative companies, which create innovative products. A...

Features: Medical

For medical device developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the transition from prototype to commercial-scale production with a contract...

Briefs: Tubing & Extrusion

Hold speed or hold velocity? How many machines today have it, and what does it do to the process?

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Modern science has allowed surgeons to fix the human body amazingly fast yet leave behind only small traces where repairs were performed. One of the more commonly used methods to...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid prototyping has long played a vital role in the evolution of medical device technology. Effectively applied during a product's early design stages, it can generate...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.
Features: Design

Engineering thermoplastics are widely used to manufacture a broad range of medical devices, from single-use syringes and applicators to...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Proto Labs Reaches Agreement to Acquire RAPID, Expands Services with Sheet Metal Fabrication

Proto Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Rapid Manufacturing Group. Rapid is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. With the...

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